Southwest Notes: Andersen, Calderon, Gay

The Rockets might have preferred not stopping for halftime last night against the Thunder. Houston put up 73 points in the first half but followed with only 19 after the break, setting an NBA record for the largest point differential between halves. The strong initial performance was not enough to outweigh the later thud, as Oklahoma City prevailed, 104-92. Here’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Former Rockets and Pelicans center David Andersen says agent Leon Rose told him that NBA teams would be interested in him if an injury created a need, but the former second-round pick thinks it’s more likely he winds up signing in Europe next month. Roy Ward of The Age has the details.
  • Many of Jose Calderon‘s numbers aren’t any better than the ones Darren Collison put up last year, but part of the reason the Mavs prioritized an upgrade at point guard this past summer was to fix their crunch-time woes, notes Tim McMahon of Dallas is better in the clutch this year, and there’s no reason to believe the team is rethinking its decision to bring in Calderon, McMahon writes.
  • With the approaching one-year anniversary of the GrizzliesRudy Gay trade, Gay is grateful for his time in Memphis, where he learned plenty about NBA life that he’s putting into practice now with the Kings, as he tells Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
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